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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2001

This beer is not spiced.
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Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 373
Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a creamy dark nut brown that is almost black but more brown. A nice luscious head over fills my pint. Nice hilltops lace my glass.

S- roasted coffee and chocolate. Some subtle notes of figs, dates and brown sugar.

T- a malty coffee flavor. caramel and chocolate notes as well. Some figs and raisins come out towards the end.

M- creamy and chewy. Full bodied and flavorful

D- A nice creamy beer but i couldnt put down a sixer of this in a weekend. I would feel full after two.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Winter Ale (bottle)
A: deep rich brown mahogany color. Nice big light tan head on top, great retention rate and very good lacing.

S: some rich roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, huge plum notes, some figs and hints of cloves.

T: good caramel, coffee, and clove notes. Some berries come through. Figs and plums.

M: lighter body than expected. Mild carbonation level. Smooth.

D: very drinkable, the lighter body makes this really easy to put down....and not on the counter.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a tall, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Earthy, malty nose with restrained notes of both roast and Tootsie Roll-style chocolate, as well as spiced fruitcake topped with chopped roasted nuts.

Taste: Predominately malty with flavors of dark toffee, hot chocolate mix, nuts, and a couple bread crusts. Light fruitiness. Hint of earthy molasses. Spicy hop component and a mild bitterness. Flavors dries out on the way to the finish. Final hints of nuts and molasses at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I could stand to have a bit more "mmph" here, but I still dug it. Ultimately easy to drink and easy to enjoy with an overall pleasing sweet maltiness.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark brown. Appears reddish-amber when held to the light. A thin ring of head forms that leaves splotchy lacing down the glass.

S- Malty and nutty. Warming notes of caramel and toasted malt.

T- Warming flavors with lots of malt. Hints of caramel, toasted and roasty barley, coffee, and caramel.

M- Really clean, nutty texture.

D- Easy to drink and clean-tasting.

Photo of jettjon
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date evident into a cervoise, this one's a dark chestnut color beneath a thick cap of dark tan foam which fades away slowly to leave a heavy cap and ring with no sticky lacing. Nose of slightly burnt barley, faint coffee, and brown sugar. On the tongue brown bread, mocha, hints of sorghum finishing up dry with a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouth is middle of the road with relatively low viscosity and carbonation, but goes down easily and is quenching. Drinkability is good; it's definitely an easy drinker though not a standout in any department.

Overall: A solid winter warmer but not anything spectacular. Vaguely representative of style in my experience though perhaps more in common with a brown ale. Worth a try.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with only a bit of tan head. The smell is mostly malts with a hint of the spices I expect in a winter warmer. The scent is understated, nothing jumps out at you.

The taste is a bit on the sweet side, balanced fairly well with the malts and spices. Nice crisp finish.

Light to medium carbonation, medium body. Perhaps a little on the thin side for the style.

Easy to drink winter warmer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of beerorbooze
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with very little lacing. Smell is a vague coco, other flavors are not pronounced at all. I usually appreciate the beers that Weyerbacher makes even with the very high alcohol associated with most of there products. This one just seems like a failed attempt at what could have been a good beer. Tastes watered down, dont know what they were thinking with this one.

Photo of JoshW
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, very light carbonation. Smell doesn't really exist, I guess if I were to nit pick I could smell a hint of chocolate/malts. Tastes like a watery shitty guiness, not a big fan of this one. It is easy to drink however, if you like watery shitty guiness.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my pint glass a clear deep ruby tinted brown, with a nice brownish frothy head which falls quickly leaving a rim of oily lacing that slides down the glass.

The first waft of this beer carried a nice cocoa malt scent along with some nice grassy, earth y hops.

Flavor follows the scent, toasted cocoa flavored malts, bittersweet with a smooth earthy hop bittering on the finish. Leaves a tingle in the mouth and a slight alcohol warmth follows. Spices if present are mild and understated, I seem to pick up a tad of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. This drinks like a nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, smooth and a touch oily. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is good, perhaps due to the light body and the understated spicing. I believe this beer would go well with a number of dishes, from traditional Thanksgivig fare to barbecue.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fairly dark brown. Light tan head. Maltt nutty nose. Flavor is a bit bitter with a sweet tang that I'm not too fond of really. It isn't all that bad really. Decent enough earthy, leafy tones. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is fairly thick. Overall not bad. Middle of the road, really.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark garnet color with a fairly nice head that settles to a thick ring and swirly cap. Smells slightly spicy, a bit malty, and with a whiff of grain sourness. The taste loses the grainy sourness, picks up some sweetness and a touch of licorice and some bitterness up front to balance the light sweetness. Fairly decent body and I find this pretty drinkable, if nothing remarkable. Still, a solid beer for the style.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty, slightly spiced. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, not too much going on with this brew, but still is tasty.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep amber/brown/reddish color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that settles fast to a thin film over the beer.
S: Smells real malty and then some yeast aromas.
T: Really nice mix of malts, both sweet and more roasty. The finish is less yeasty than the nose let on.
M: Very sweet and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable winter warmer. I let this one sit for a while as I'm trying it in September and I think it did it good.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber almost purple in the light. A bit of off white head forms and dissipates to a thin coating. Some lacing is noted.

S. Toasted malt.

T. Follows the nose with some nice roasted flavor. A bit of floral hops are there to balance it. There's are moderate hint of chocolate in there as well. Very good.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Having a winter ale on the 4th of July at a BBQ. Some things are meant to go together. This is a nice winter warmer and would have again. Session away!

Photo of AltBock
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. undated bottle that has a very interesting and distrubing label. It's somebody's nightmare on paper. This ladel shows a gang of snowmen terrorizing a family's winter picnic for beer and food. Luckily, one of the family members was able to build a fire to scare the snowmen away. It was a very creative label picture.

When poured into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass, the Weyerbacher beer is a dark chestnut brown with ruby red highlights. The head of foam started off nice by being 1 inch in height and a light tan color. But of all of it quickly dissiapted into just a few tan rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any tan lace behind.

The aroma to this beer was odd. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it smelled like powered chocolate with sweet black cherries and smoked malts. It just smelled odd to me for some reason.

The taste wasn't as odd as the aroma. The taste was mostly chocolately with watered down cheap chocolate, black cherries, roasted malts, and a quick splash of yeast at the finish. It felt like some bitter hops wanted to come out, but the chocolate dropped a chocolately blanket on top of them.

The mouthfeel was over the medium bodied line with an aftertaste of lightly sour malts, milk chocolate, and yeast. Somehow between the taste and mouthfeel, the roasted malts went sour.

Overall, the label was more interesting than the beer itself. It would have been average if the aroma wasn't so odd. Once the winter season rolls around back again next year, I fully doubt I'll be looking for this Winter Warmer.

Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a root beer color with a thin white head and modest lacing. I can pick up a malt-licorice aroma with a little coffee. The flavor brings out malt and coffee and some nutty highlights. It's somewhat aqueous for the style, sprite carbonation. I think it's very drinkable. I note a little peppery flavor with some grassy wheat and a charcoal finish. It's interesting but not so bold as I expected, good enough but not great.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery during their open house last week.

A: The ale is predictably dark, a caramel brown color that shows off red highlights. A sizeable head on the first pour attempt measured two fingers and quickly settled down to a white foam sealing the beer in the glass.

S: The ale has a fruity body, spiced up a touch. Lots of caramel malts form a chewy foundation.

T: A very filling sip, this beer is malty to the extreme. Banana flavors emerge, giving the ale a darker (not dunkel though) weizen-like taste. The banana flavors meld with the caramel malts to create an interesting sweetness. A touch of hops adds bitterness to settle the ale down a bit. Alcohol is practically non-existent, making this a good sipper.

M: The mouthfeel is hearty malts, interesting fruit flavors and a bit of hops. A nice mixture that relaxingly sits on the palate.

D: Very drinkable, this ale won't knock your socks off but you won't be disappointed.

Photo of jackorain
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. almost no head and no lace.

Extremely fruity, yeasty, bready aroma. Stone fruit, raisans. A little winey, no hop in the aroma

Caramel malt, stoen fruit, raisans bready malt. Mild hopy/bitter finish

Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

This beer is okay, I probably will look elswhere for my warmers next year.

Photo of Lupe
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a nice sized off-white head. Moderate retention and some lacing. The color is just something else when held to the light.

Toasted malt aroma with some caramel/sugary sweetness. Some berries, and banana along with a touch of spice round things out.

Starts with some caramel before quite a bit of over ripened banana. Light spice comes next, adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Spices are mild and blend well without overpowering. A touch of pepper appears before finishing with toasted grain, and a slight metallic taste. Spice grows as it warms, but still not overpowering - unfortunately the metallic character seems to as well.

Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly refreshing. Nice dry finishes leaves you looking for more. Great drinkability - especially considering the style. Not quite what you would expect in a winter warmer - definitely on the lighter side.

I could easily polish off a few of these, but it wouldn't be the first beer I would grab if I was in the mood for a typical winter seasonal.

Photo of currysage1
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep ruby red, huge head - three fingers, beige, slowly sinks to one finger. Some lacing, smell some spice right off the bat with a sweetness that is cloying. Blackberries, and overripe bananas.

Definate on the over ripe bananas, with a tinny taste towards the middle, almost black pepper, some sweet dark fruit and barley towards the end.

Nice carbonation, still refreshing because it seems to clear itself from the palate quickly.

Drinkability is ok, I could have one more if I had a hot tub in the winter.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-brown with a finger and a half of fairly thick tan head.

Aroma is mostly malt, maybe a lsight spice to it.

Taste is also mostly malt, maybe a little nutty, with some hops on the back end to give it a bit of snap.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe on the lighter end, with the right amount of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, very well drinkable, but not that great for a winter warmer. Tasting this soon after reviewing the House Ale, I'm finding it difficult to find a drastic difference between the two - this might fit well within the Amber Ale guidelines better than within a winter warmer.

Photo of bigeyedfish
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the Foodery, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass.

dark brown/ruby red body with two fingers of creamy, off-white head with a surprising amount of bubbles. some mildly impressive lacing is pretty thick and consistent around the entire circumference of the glass. the head recedes pretty quickly.

smells of a lot of malt with some small hints of spices thrown in as per winter warmer requirements. the main nose is just a lot of roasted malt; there's some faint cinnamon but really, a beer that would be very easy to assume is a pretty average, everyday dark beer. not that that's a bad thing- it's just, on the nose, kind of average.

like the nose, the flavor is a little cinnamon, and not much else save for the standard dark-beer characteristics. the finish is almost solely roasted malt and a little hop bitterness (which is truly bizarre, and yet at the same time, not unexpected)- the mid palate is a little cinnamon and a lot of roasted malt the front is a little chocolate malt. only, well, it's all kind of watery. my first thought when i drank this was 'there's no way this is 6.1%'; it's just a really, really thin body. there's some flavor, but there isn't a lot.

the mouthfeel is pretty unspectacular. there is a little bitterness and carbonation on the finish. but it's super easy to drink, again with the watery, and offers little to nothing in terms of being resistant to easy drinking. it's smooth, but only as a product of everything else not being that great.

the one good thing this beer has going for it is you can drink this beer all night. it's super smooth, pretty mildly flavored, moderately low in alcohol; it's a near-perfect session beer. the roasted malts get to be a little much at times, but the little cinnamon there is balances them out nicely enough.

i once heard someone say that beer doesn't have to be complex, just good. this definitely isn't the former, but i'm not quite sure if it's the latter. i guess it serves me right for drinking a winter warmer when the temperatures in philly in mid-february were in the 60's. there are a ton of really good winter warmers, this beer isn't one of them. it's a perfectly drinkable, average beer, which is sometimes all you ever want in a beer. so it's got that going for it.

Photo of tpd975
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very clear deep reddish brown color with a khaki head that rises and then falls.

S: Mainly roasted chocolate malts with hints of spice.

T: Mainly malt with hints of spice. Tinges of malt and cherry with bits of wet cardboard.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Not my favorite class, not my favorite beer.

Overall: So So at best.

Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of three winter warmers I picked up in a mixed 6er.

Nice clear red body, somewhat dark when not held to the light. Kinda fizzy off-white head on the pour. Small, a half inch or so that reduced to a ring around the glass.

Seems to have some estery, spicy characters that hint at clove and fruitiness. Defiantely some strong yeast character showing through. Toasted biscuit base malting. As it warmed more of the malts showed through along with some butteriness, toffee-like possibly.

Flavor is very malty though, biscuit and some cracker. Some slight esters are noticable from the yeast after the swallow, but then some dry malty characters show again. Not quite roasty, but some good dark malt characters, not overly caramely either, although some is there.

Low carbonation, nearing medium body but a touch thin. Actually refreshing when cold.

This is a solid malty beer. Nothing that turns me off about it. Easy enough to drink. A decent beer.

Photo of Redwood21
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: has a good reddish brown hue with a decent head that is thin and lasting, sticks a little bit

S: very flaccid, i cant really notice anything good or bad

T: there is some bitter notes with creamy spice somewhat watery finish but starts with a nice dry touch there might be a touch of an almost fruity estery taste, but it hints and then runs...nothing too lasting in that regard.

a quality very drinkable beer

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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